Seekers Guide on How to Make a Dollhouse

Possibly you have been seeking a meaningful hobby and you are contemplating trying to build a dollhouse. You may even are somewhat hesitant to venture into something that you had always thought was just for little girls. If that is the case then you can put your mind at ease because dollhouses have grown in popularity in recent years among adult hobbyists and collectors. So, all you really need is to know…how to make a dollhouse.

Well, to be sure, you could buy an “already-assembled” model. That, of course, limits your choices but can still be a fulfilling hobby as you take on the role of “collector.” Some vendors will assemble your house for you. Expect, however, that your dollhouse will cost considerably more than if you purchased a DIY model.

One of the most attractive aspects of dollhouses as a hobby is that there are so many possibilities in regard to involvement.

1) Collecting- In a sense, collectors are shoppers. So, if shopping is your thing then you may find this side of the hobby aisle to your liking. First, you find a house that you like at a show, in a store, online, or at a dollhouse show.

Once you have a house in your possession then you will want to consider what goes in it. That’s where the fun begins. Here you give consideration to details like the architectural style, the era (vintage or modern), and how the inhabitants will live in each different room.

Once you have a clear vision of what goes in your house then the hunt begins for the “just right” furniture, accessories, dolls, and doll clothing. You will be amazed at the variety of detailed pieces that will help you make your vision a reality. You will also likely be astounded at how much some of those tiny items cost and even more so at what some collectors are willing to pay.

2) Building- You have 2 primary options for dollhouse building. The first is to construct your house from plans. Those plans can either be purchased (there are some free plans online) or you can design your own. If you possess the talent, creativity, and skill for such a venture building your own dollhouse will be a good fit for you.

The second option for building is to purchase a kit. Kits are readily available in just about every style imaginable and they range in price from about $100 to “oh-my-gosh!” Another important consideration here is the degree of difficulty so be certain to get that information before you make your purchase. Most vendors can supply that information. Some kits are pretty involved and not for the faint of heart. Any hobby should be a stress release and not a stress source.

If you are a do-it-yourselfer you may also want to build and paint your own furniture and accessories. That can be particularly fun if you are handy with crafts. You can even make your own drapes, rugs, and linens.

3) Builder/Collector- You may find the most enjoyment by combining building and collecting. There is no “right” or “wrong” level of involvement. Just find what works for you and get started.
Once you have embraced your new hobby you will discover that there is a wonderful community of people who share your interest. When you get stuck on “how-to-do-something” you can turn to forums for help. These people who love their craft are generally willing to share their knowledge.

If you are ready to get into dollhouse building and collecting you will also enjoy the conventions and gatherings. Through them you will make new friends who share your enthusiasm.

Everything you need on how to make a dollhouse is right there waiting for you to get started. Begin by determining how you want to get involved in this great hobby and then get to work. You will likely discover as have others that dollhouses provide a wonderful escape into a world where your dreams can come true.

About the Author

Richard Weirich has written numerous articles on all aspects of dollhouses and accessories. For more information on how to make a dollhouse click here and you can also visit the author’s website here.

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